The term “Fat” is sometimes correlated with other derogatory terms such as ugly, disgusting, and bad.

Good and Bad Fats for Dental Health

However, fats have proven to provide unbelievable health benefits that include the following:

  • Weight loss
  • Reduction in bad cholesterol
  • Increase in good cholesterol
  • Reduction in fatty liver and kidney enzymes
  • Better brain function
  • Better digestive function

The Good Fats

Let’s explore some of the types of healthy fats known as “Monounsaturated or Polyunsaturated fats” that help with your dietary needs:

  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Avocados
  • Olives
  • Nuts (almonds, peanuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews)
  • Peanut butter
  • Soybean oil
  • Corn oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Walnuts
  • Sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin seeds
  • Flaxseed
  • Fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, trout, sardines)
  • Soymilk
  • Tofu

The Bad Fats

Now, let’s explore the types of fats known as “trans or saturated fats” that are not terribly helpful to your dietary needs:

  • High-fat cuts of meat (beef, lamb, pork)
  • Chicken with the skin
  • Whole-fat dairy products (milk and cream)
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Ice cream
  • Palm oil
  • Lard
  • Commercially-baked pastries, cookies, doughnuts, muffins, cakes, pizza dough
  • Packaged snack foods (crackers, microwave popcorn, chips)
  • Stick margarine
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Fried foods (French fries, fried chicken, chicken nuggets, breaded fish)
  • Candy bars

The Real Secret…Portion Control

The most difficult aspect of weight management and weight loss is portion control.  Even if you incorporate moderate amounts of unhealthy fats into your diet doing so with modest portion sizes will not have such an adverse effect than if you had long-term sustained consumption of the same.

The purpose behind the above example is that the body can and almost always does adapt to changes and modifications.  So, maintaining consistency (as best you can) will offer your body the optimal condition with which to operate.

Now, everyone has “cheat days” where they simply forget about meal planning and tracking and consume any type of food that they desire.  Fine.  Push the reset button the next day and trust your body and its chemistry to adapt and normalize.

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